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Sam Smith and so much glitter: Just all the best photos from the Mardi Gras parade.

Sydney sparkled on Saturday night as Oxford Street lit up for the annual celebration of all things LGBTQI+.

About 300,000 revellers turned up – glitter and all – for the 42nd anniversary of the parade, which began in 1978 as a march and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots of New York.

From drag queens to Dua Lipa, police officers to bare bums, Sydney put on a spectacular, colourful and unforgettable show.

The official parade featured 200 floats, the majority advocating for equality of the LGBTQI+ community.

Oh. And Sam Smith and Dua Lipa headlined the performances, proving the event to be an internationally renowned affair.

Here are just some of the best photos from the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras.

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Participants take part in the 42nd annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Saturday, February 29, 2020. Image: AAP.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Sam Smith taking part in the 42nd annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Saturday, February 29, 2020. Image: AAP.
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mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Parade goers take part during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Parade goers take part during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
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A Drag Queen laughs along with police officers during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
The 2020 Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Parade goers take part during the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
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mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Parade goers take part during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Dua Lipa poses amongst life guards during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
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Participants prepare before in Hyde Park ahead of the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
The 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
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Parade goers prepare for the start of the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.
mardi gras sydney 2020 photos
Gavin Haughain and partner Aiden Eric share a kiss as onlookers cheer during the 2020 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty.

 

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I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I’ve been shitting myself all day. I love you Sydney and I love being queer x

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????️‍????????️‍????JUST 4 U SYDNEY????️‍????????️‍????

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